As 20-somethings, we always strive to be better, smarter, and faster, that’s why a lot of us are dealing with anxiety. You need to have your own startup or a dream job. You should travel around the world to exotic destinations and proudly show it off on Instagram and Snapchat.
I think we all recognize the pressure on our 25th birthday. That day changes EVERYTHING. Before, you were happy getting older, but that single day gives you a sudden realization: ‘Oh crap, I’m getting old.’ You just finished Uni, you don’t have your dream job (yet!) or your dream house. That day you realize you’re close to the big 3-0. I definitely struggled with dealing with anxiety in my mid to late twenties, but I realized some things and created a system for myself that really worked.
I’m past thirty now and let me tell you, even though I had stress and anxiety in my late twenties, I actually overcame it by setting some pretty strict rules for myself.
I DON’T WORK PAST 6 P.M.
Oh wait, isn’t it a sign of lack of ambition when you leave your job at 6 p.m.? In my opinion, it isn’t. Knowing that you have from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. to plan your work for the entire day makes you more productive. At 6 p.m. I shut down my computer and I am not allowed to do any more work. Things can’t wait until the day after.
I GO TO BED EVERY NIGHT AT 10 P.M.
Yes, sounds a bit boring right? But creating a structure for yourself is extremely important. I go to bed at 10 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. for my daily workout. I go for a run, yoga, meditation, or whatever I feel up to that week. It helps me to relax and limits my anxiety attacks
I DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST
I’ve figured I am so much more productive when I take the time to prepare myself a proper breakfast. I can focus better and I have more energy. I love to have boiled eggs with some fresh juice. My new addiction is breakfast meetings. It’s so refreshing to go out for breakfast with a colleague and talk about our editorial calendar.
F*CK WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE THINKS
You know we’re big fans of the book the life-changing magic of not giving a f*ck. Well, this book is the best thing I’ve ever read. Stop caring too much about what other people think, just enjoy your life and do what you love.
THERE ACTUALLY IS LIFE AFTER 30
This is extremely important. Remember what I said earlier about my 25th bday? I felt like I only had 5 years left. Now I’m past thirty I am enjoying every single year and am proud of the woman I’ve become!